Crafty Betty

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze June 25, 2010

Hi All,

Have no fear…I am keeping up on making all of my projects 🙂  I have a bunch to post for you today, but we will just have to see how far I get as I have some friends coming over tonight.  More precisely I have my “non-crafting” friend and her daughters coming over again, and I am soooooo picking on her, because guess why she is coming over???  You got it….she decided she wanted to make hats for when we go to watch Eclipse on July 2nd.  It was all HER idea, and she even went to the craft store all by herself and picked up a bunch of stuff to use.  LOL.  Another non-crafter is hooked 🙂  So tonight we will make up some ideas for these hats and then tomorrow we will start working on them.  I think we have to make 12 in total, so this is going to be fun!!

But until she gets here in about an hour, I thought I’d try to start posting some of the cards I have been working on this week.  So enough with the chit chat, its straight to business today 🙂

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

35 of 365

35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

Sorry for the slightly blurry photos…not quite sure what was going on between me and the camera today, but all three photos I took were a little blurry.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Baja Breeeze Textured
  • So Saffron
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Melon Mambo
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Season of Friendship
  • Sweet Little Sentiments (retired hostess set)

Accessories:

  • Diamond Glitter Stickles
  • Dimensionals

Okay, I got one done, and they are almost here already.  I’ll try to post more later tonight 🙂

Betty

Advertisements
 

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak June 14, 2010

I have a treat for you today!!!  I have created 3 cards for you and they are ALL taken from the pages of the brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog set to release on July 1, 2010.  If you have not yet ordered your catalog be sure to send me an email at betty.ray020@gmail.com.  I am charging $9 for the catalog and this includes PRIORITY mailing, so really you are only paying $3-4 for you catalog (that’s less than I pay for them, but I do this in the hope that you will also choose me as your demonstrator for your purchases from the catalog.)  I will be mailing these out the same day I receive my stock of them (expected to be here 1 1/2 to 2 weeks from now). So order early as I did not order that many catalogs….remember….I’m the broke crafter 🙂  After my initial stock is gone you can still order catalogs, but at the normal SU price of $9.95 plus shipping.

I am also very happy to announce that my blog has been live for 1 month, and as of today I have passed 2,000 views…I’ll take that as a sign that I am doing something right 🙂  Now if I can just find some people in the area to hold workshops so I can sell some stuff the world would be a happy place.  Please contact me if you would like to hold a workshop or class in your home, and you live within a 1-2 hour drive of Milwaukee.  I can teach technique classes for a per person fee, which includes everyone completing the project and taking it home with them, or if you live less than 1 hour from Milwaukee we can do the traditional workshop where you gather a group of friends to make a couple simple cards, and browse the catalog (no per person fee, and the hostess receives FREE stuff based on the amount of sales at the party).  I also hold classes where you get to complete 12 cards or several scrapbook pages, and just pay a fee (this way people are not expected to browse the catalogs and buy stuff, they just get to hang out with friends, and make some really cool stuff.)  Just email me if any of these ideas sound interesting to you!!  betty.ray020@gmail.com (thats zero-two-zero) or just post a comment below with your email and I will contact you.

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak Cards

25-27 Sneak Peak

25-27 of 365: Sneak Peak Cards

These cards are all very simple and literally come from the pages of the new catalog….I thought this would be a good way of giving you a sneak peak into the catalog without breaking any rules 🙂

Project 25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

25 of 365

25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

Supplies:

Paper:

  • So Safron
  • Crumb Cake
  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • Great Friend

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry
  • So Safron
  • Whisper White CRAFT

Accessories

  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Paper Piercer

Project 26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

26 of 365

26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Blushing Bride (New for 2010)
  • Pear Pizzazz (New for 2010)
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Because I Care (Brand New Level 1 Hostess Set, so sign up to host a party with me and this set could be yours!!!!)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • New Scallop Border Punch
  • Scallop Corner Punch
  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Certainly Celery Ribbon
  • Soft Subtles Button

Project 27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

27 of 365

27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake (formerly kraft)
  • Sahara Sand DSP
  • So Safron Textured
  • Not Quite Navy
  • Marina Mist (new for 2010)

Stamps:

  • Friends 24-7
  • En Francais

Ink:

  • So Safron
  • Not Quite Navy

Accessories:

  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Button Latte Button
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Pearls
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue

Hope everyone enjoys their little peak into the new catalog 🙂

Stampin Betty

 

24 of 365: Top Note Business Card Holder June 13, 2010

A few days ago I ran across a lovely business card hold made using the Sizzix Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! Top Note Die.  The one I found had flowers on the front of it (like the one I made.) as well as a link to a tutorial by Nicole Kowalk.  So I used Nicole’s Template (with some adjustments), but I can not find the person who gave me the idea for the flowers on the front again….

Project 24 of 365: Top Note Business Card Holder

24 of 365

24 of 365: Top Note Business Card Holder

I just love the vintage look of this one.  I created the flowers with patterned paper and edged them with chocolate chip ink.  Then, as with any vintage project, I threw in a few pearls for good measure 🙂  On the top center of the card holder I wanted to add a “Please take one” stamp, like in the tutorial.  I thought I had a stamp like that, but I don’t, so I am still thinking of what to put there…..Maybe I will just create some word art and print it on cardstock to say “StampinBetty”?????

Supplies:

Paper:

  • To the Nines Specialty Designer Series Paper (you need the thicker paper for this project to be sturdy)
  • Autumn Vine DSP (retired)

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Top Note Die
  • XL Fancy Flower Punch
  • White Grosgrain Ribbon (wish I would have used vanilla)
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Tombow Glue
  • Sticky Strip
  • Pearls

To find the tutoral please visit Nicole’ Blog, and then make adjustments as needed for your project….

If you would like me to make you your very own personalized business card holder please email me at betty.ray020@gmail.com, and we will come up with a reasonable price and get you an awesome business card holder!!

Take Care,

StampinBetty

 

Project 18 of 365: Elegant Friends June 5, 2010

Yesterday my blog hit its first milestone…..The StampinBetty blog has exceeded 1000 visitors!  Wow!!!  I’m a bit stunned, and I am so incredibly motivated to keep up with my challenge of completing 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 days.

Nothing too interesting happened today, so we can get right to the project 🙂

Today’s project is for the The Mojo Monday Week 141 Challenge.  This week we had the option to go with a round or a square sketch, and I just had to do the round layout since I have never done a circle card.  I know….I’m just soooo square….Okay…the joke was corny but what do you expect at 1:30 AM 🙂

Even though this card looks quite clean and simple I actually put a lot of work into it, including heat embossing the background on the paper, and making the flowers.  I just love making my own patterned paper, and embellishments.  I often regret the amount of money I used to spend on store-bought embellishments (stickers, flowers, rub-ons, etc) because they all just sat around and got out-dated.  For whatever reason I always end up making my own embellishments, they just seem to flow better that way, whereas whenever I use stickers or such they always end up looking awkward and out of place….

Project 18 of 365: Elegant Friends

Mojo Monday Sketch 141

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Very Vanilla
  • Kraft
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip Craft
  • Chocolate Chip Classic
  • Chocolate Chip Stamp and Write Marker

Stamp Set:

  • Friends 24-7

Accessories:

  • Stamp-a-ma-Jig
  • Circle Scissors Plus
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Daisies Bigz Die
  • Clear Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tacky Tape

Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Gypsy
  • Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge
  • Large Clear Rhinestones
  • Tacky Glue

Remember to shop at my Stampin Up! site for all your Stampin Supplies.

For more information on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Click on the Picture Below:

Mojo Monday 141

Mojo Monday 141

 

Project 17 of 365: Three simple and sweet 10 minute cards June 3, 2010

Hi All!!

So I just found a way to put a positive spin on the fact that Stampin’ Up! is increasing the price on cardstock….Hello!!! With the addition of the clear mount stamps, which are sold for an average of $3-7 less per set, that really goes a long way to make up for the $1.50 per pack increase in the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.   It also encourages me to work more with alternative sizes of paper.  Most people know that I have mostly gravitated to the standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) card.  Probably because I get 2 of them out of each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, and the A2 envelopes are always readily available…..If I am ever out of my Stampin’ Up! envelopes I can always run to any office store, or Target/Walmart-type stores to grab some in a pinch (not that I’m ready to walk back into a Target store again…..see posts from last week for details of the nightmare experience.)

I noticed that the 12×12 paper isn’t changing all that much in price, so I decided to try out some 4×4 notecards because you can get 4 cards from the 12×12 paper and still have a 4×4 square of scrap paper for punching and such left over.  And rather than purchase the more expensive envelope made for this size card…..they easily fit in the A2 envelope 🙂

The inspiration for these very sweet, extremely simple cards comes from this weeks Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers.  This week they named “Emily” as the featured stamper, and I chose to “case” her card titled “True Friend“.  When I saw the simple embossed white background with a cute ribbon on the top, I was off and running.  With the 3 cards I made I used a different embossed background on each, various different styles of ribbons, and different stamp techiniques.  Yet, each of these cards only takes about 10 minutes to make!!!!  And since there are not tons of layers or fancy folds it is very economical, even with the ribbon.

Another inspiration for these cards was that Stampin’ Up! is retiring my 2 FAVORITE baby themed stamp sets “Nursery Necessities” and “Cute & Cuddly.”  So I just had to use them and encourage you to run over to my Stampin’ Up! site to get yours before they are gone!!! They retire at the end of this month, so get your while you still can….  On my Stampin’ UP! page click the “shop now” button, and then go to the “Last Chance Stamp Sets.”  If you were thinking about any of these sets get them NOW, before they are gone forever.

Project 17 of 365:  Three Simple and Sweet 10 minute cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & SImple 10 min Cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & Simple 10 Min Cards

One of the things I loved about these cards was getting to break out my Copic Markers.  Copic Markers are a whole NEW experience in coloring!!!  I am totally and completely in love with them.  I haven’t had them very long, so my technique is not so great yet, but I still love the way it looks even if I am not perfect at coloring with them.  I used my Copics on the stamped bear image.  At one point I actually had the bear WAY too dark, but with the magic of Copic, I did not have to throw it away and start over.  All I had to do was go over the dark areas with a lighter shade of brown a few times, and voila, it lightened up!  These are alcohol markers so you can just continue coloring, layering, blending away, and not crumble up your paper.  Just look at how you can shade without having dramatic lines in between the two colors you are blending together.  Stamped images just look so much LESS flat when you can color, shade, and shadow until your heart is content. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Bashful Blue
  • So Safron
  • Melon Mambo

Stamps:

  • Cute & Cuddly (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Nursery Necessities (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Best Yet (retired Hostess set)

Classic Ink:

  • Bashful Blue
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • So Saffron

Accessories:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Lattice Square Emboss Folder
  • Perfect Polka Dots Emboss Folder
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Bashful Blue Stitched Ribbon
  • So Saffron Ribbon (some leftovers I had from SAB 2009)
  • Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive

Non- Stampin’ Up! Items:

  • Copic Markers
  • Memories Black Die Ink (DO NOT use Staz On with Copic Markers, and the Basic Black ink will smudge)
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (slightly larger than SU so it fits around the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch)
  • Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
17 of 365: Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365 Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: So Safron Friends

17 of 265: So Safron Friends

A funny story for you to finish off this post…..

While in the process of typing up this post today I managed to get a 13″ scrape down my arm (starting above my elbow, running all the way down my arm, wrist, and halfway up my thumb) and it was not a craft related incident.  Lol!  While working up in my attic office space I could hear someone outside who seemed to be calling for their dogs.  I know that feeling all too well…..  So I got up and looked out my window  I am in the attic…3rd floor) where I can see down the alley and in most of the backyards.  I immediately spotted the 2 dogs, about 2 houses down (as I know the dogs that live there, and these weren’t them).  So I run down the stairs, grabbing some flip flops as I went, out the door, down the alley….I spotted the owner, and told her they were a few houses down, and asked her if the were friendly, she said they were….And for the most part they were.  We were having the darnedest time getting them to come back…we each had a dog by the collar, but they did not want to leave the dogs that were on the other side of the fence.  Eventually her daughter came with leashes and treats.  I hooked a leash on the dog I had, and while he was fine before, he just started JUMPING on me as soon as the leash was on????  He wasn’t angry or anything, at least I don’t think, because he wasn’t trying to bite me, but he just kept jumping on me….maybe he was excited because he thought he was going for a walk.  Well, his nails must be long, because I now have a very stinging scrape (the kind that bubbles up above the skin) running all the way down my arm.  It actually looks like I have a seam down my arm LOL!  Well I guess it makes up for all the times my dogs have gotten overly playful and jumped on visitors 🙂

Until Next Time….

StampinBetty

 

Project 16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks June 1, 2010

Today has been an interesting day…..It started with the unveiling of “Sneak Peak 2010-2011” for Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog.  The catalog is not set to release to the public until July 1st, but demonstrators get a little sneak peek of portions of the catalog so that we can wow you all with some of the new stuff.  You know….we gotta hook so we can keep you coming back for more 🙂  So it took all day, because with any new release this big the system always gets clogged, but I did, just now get my order submitted for some new goodies.  Which means I should have my order in about a week and a half (since it does taken a LONG time to get stuff from Utah to Milwaukee) and you will get peek of what is to come in July!!

There is a lot of exciting stuff happening for the July catalog…..and I’m not going to try to BS you, there are a few disappointments, but all in all I really do see more positive than negative.  As we move closer and closer to the new release I will clue you in on more of the BIG news, but for now my word of advise is if there is any 8 1/2 x 11 paper that you use a lot I suggest stocking up now, and NOT waiting til July, as there is a bit of a price increase on paper in July.  The most noticeable increase is in the 8 1/2 x 11 which will increase from $5.50 to $6.95 for a pack of 24 of the same color.  So while it is not a super huge increase….if you go through a lot of it or are planning on making a ton of invites for some occasion I would stock up now and save some money!

Other big news is that our NEW downstairs tenants started moving in today!!  They are very nice and we are so happy to have them here, especially since they didn’t freak out when one of our big dogs got a little too excited that someone was petting him and decided he was going to try to jump up and give her a hug….yeah our dog is bigger than her, but she wasn’t upset, and knew to just push him down so he knows that is NOT acceptable.

The project that I am posting for you today is based on Splitcoast Stamper’s weekly Featured Stamper Challenge.  What they do is each Sunday they name a stamper who is known for their beautiful work, and what you are supposed to do is look at their gallery, choose one of their cards, and then CASE it, which means base your project on the one they made, but this challenge is NOT about how good you can copy someone else because you do need to change at least two things.  Last week when I submitted a card for this challenge I changed basically everything but the layout 🙂  But this week I sooooo loved the card that I kept it VERY similar to the original.  I slightly changed the color, used different die cut images and changed the greeting from “thinking of you” to “thanks.”  To see the card I based mine on click HERE.  The featured stamper’s name is Cathleen (screen name: ctorina)

The changes I made are:

1. Slight change in color….I used Kraft paper instead of the parchment type paper she used, and an ever so slightly different brown.

2. Used the Thank You Kindly Stamp Set instead of Sincere Salutations

3. Used my Cricut to cut a custom sized scalloped square (she used nestabilities),  and used the SU lattice die instead of the Fleur de lis design she used.  Also used circle scissors because I did not have the circle nestabilities.

4.  Used lighter colored pearl beads instead of half-back dark gray pearls.

5. Slightly thinner and lighter ribbon.

I know this sounds like I changed a lot about the card, but if you look at the card it is more similar than different.  I just thought her card was so elegant, and made me think of yummy chocolates 🙂

One other change……I assembled the whole card upside down. LOL!!!!   OK that wasn’t a planned change, and you would have never known if I had not told you, but it was just funny that I realized after I put the finishing touches on the card that it was upside down.  So how do you fix an upside down card?

1.  Send it the way it is and let the receiver think they are the crazy one.

2. Just cut the entire card front off and attach it to a new card.

3.  If I would have realized it before I added the pearls and ribbon, I could have just covered the circle that said “thanks” with a new one turned the right direction. (since I used snail to attach it if I tried to pull it off to flip it over I would have ended up tearing the paper, so it is better to just cover with a new one the exact same size.)

Project 16 0f 365: Chocolaty Thanks

16. Chocolaty Thanks

16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Kraft
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Stamps:

  • Thank you Kindly

Accessories:

  • 1″ Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Lattice Biz Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Snail

Non-Stampin’ Up! Items

  • Cricut with Accent Essentials Cartridge
  • Pearl Beads
 

Project 10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio May 24, 2010

I’m back….as promised with a second post today.  Be warned, I am having one heck of a bad case of the “Mondays.”  Gee…who would think that is even possible when you work from home. LOL!

If you are new to my blog, I promise I am not always as negative as I sound  in my two posts today, but I REALLY need to vent.  Not only do I need to vent, but so does my attic…literally…which is where all my frustrations of the day are coming from.

I do all my work in our walk-up attic, which lucky me, is an attic where 2/3 of it is finished space giving me a small office nook, and another kind of small room which I use for all my crafting.  Normally I consider myself quite the lucky lady that I have this space all to myself to do with as I please, but today it had me in tears!!!  While the rest of our house has forced air heat and central air, the attic rooms honestly have 2 FAKE vents, making it appear, to an unsuspecting buyer, that this FINISHED portion of the attic has heat and air conditioning….Too Bad “Holmes on Holmes” doesn’t come to Wisconsin…. he would probably love to see a home where someone went to the trouble to put “fake vents” in a room, and then market it as a finished attic with a bedroom and large walk-in closet….

Well, what happened today is not technically the house’s fault….but….if there weren’t fake vents in the attic I wouldn’t need to have a portable heater to use the room in the winter, or a portable air conditioner for the summer.  Today it was 90 degrees outside, and I guarantee the attic was reaching close to 100 degrees.  So I hooked up the $300 portable room air conditioner which I bought just last fall and used maybe 3 or 4 times, and the thing starts beeping at me.  So I pull the owner’s manual out, open to “troubleshooting,” expecting to see some simple answer….but of course I have the light that is blinking that means I need to call the service center and have a technician come out and fix it.

Ok, that seems simple enough.  I figure it sucks that I won’t be able to create today, but at least the air conditioner is under warranty, and it should get fixed in the very near future.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!!!  All started out fine, the lady gets my model and serial #’s, and even gets me a repair ticket #, then the bomb hits….She said all she needs is the ORIGINAL PAPER RECEIPT FROM THE STORE WHERE I PURCHASED the air conditioner.  At first I thought no problem, it should be right here with the owner’s manual….but it wasn’t.  So then it just had to be in last year’s tax receipts…..but it wasn’t.  So that put the whole process on hold.  The lady tells me all I should need to do is call the store where I purchased it and if I paid with a credit card they should be able to look up the transaction and just print a new receipt.

Fine, I called TARGET, I got transfered, I talked to Someone in India, was told I could go to the store provide them with my credit card and ID and they would print a receipt.  Drove to the store, was told they “can’t” print me a receipt for anything more than 90 days ago, I ask to speak with management, as I had printed all my credit card info showing the date, and store where the purchase was made (unfortunately that was not enough detail for proof-of purchase for HAIER AMERICA, it had to be the ORIGINAL store receipt), and I wasn’t asking to return the air conditioner or for a refund (as I purchased it more than 6 months ago, and just needed a receipt so HAIER would honor the warranty).  The BOY (not man) at the counter calls the manager who refuses to come down and talk to me and instead I can hear her telling him to just tell me “There was nothing they could do, they do not have access to past transactions.”  Wouldn’t the IRS like to know that they can not recall transactions from 6 months ago (since their corporate office also told me there was NO ONE in the company that could provide me with a new receipt, because they DO NOT keep the details of transaction)?  If they got audited they could be made to show detailed transactions from 10 years ago!!!

So I call my credit card company in the off-chance there was something they could do with their buyer-protection service.  I have to say everyone at the credit card company was not only IN the U.S. they were all VERY friendly, and there were no less than 3 people who actually went out of their way to try to help me try to find a way to get this whole thing resolved.  Unfortunately no luck…

Even with all the additional info the credit card company armed me with I still spent over 4 HOURS  on the phone with a countless number of Target employees, including 2 managers, who all gave the same bottled answer, “I’m sorry we do not have access to that information.”  A high level manager at the corporate office even admitted that this was a problem that she had been trying to work on for over a year to be able to RESTORE the ability to recall transaction information for people in cases such as mine.  When I told them this just didn’t make sense….We could all SEE that I had paid for the item, but yet no one was willing to do anything to make this right!!!  She and several others said that ultimately it was my responsibility to hang on to the receipt.  I understand that I did, in fact, lose the receipt, but I provided them more than ample information to get a new one.  I even asked several of the people if they had ever lost a receipt, and every person I asked said yes, everyone loses a receipt at some point.  So then they should have understood my frustration, and I provided more than enough information (thank you again to my credit card company)…gee…I think the only thing I didn’t provide them with was the color of the underwear that I wore on the day I bought the air conditioner.  🙂

When I realized that no matter how many managers I pleaded my case to (and even cried to 2 of them) NO ONE was going to take 5 seconds out of their day to help someone who made an honest (and lets admit MINOR) mistake.  I know, this seems like ridiculous lengths to go to for a $300 air conditioner, but money is TIGHT these days, I can’t buy another one, and this one is supposed to be under warranty.  I called HAIER again, and thought that if I told them everything I had gone through for the past 4 hours that they would have a heart and accept all the credit card info I provided, and know that there was no way anyone would go this far out of their way for a $300 air conditioner, but I got a very rude man who claimed to be both the Supervisor, and Top Manager in charge, and said there was absolutely nothing he was willing to do without the ORIGINAL receipt, and when I mentioned the air conditioner was in my office he quickly jumped all over me and said that since it was used for COMMERCIAL USE there would be NO WARRANTY anyway.  Seriously…..this is a HOME OFFICE????

SOOOOOOOOO sorry for the rant, but I gotta say I am actually a little broken hearted right now.  I have been a DEVOUT Target addict for well over 10 years.  They have gotten a very large percentage of my income for many many years!  I thought they were the greatest place in the whole world to shop (my wedding registry was even there)…..Now I gotta tell you the thought of ever walking back through the doors of any TARGET makes me ill.  I don’t think I can…..Which really sucks since they always have lots of cool stuff. ( I know they didn’t make the faulty air conditioner, but they are the ones refusing to give me the stupid piece of paper I need to get HAIER to fix or replace it.)  It’s easy to say I will never purchase HAIER products again, but no more Target really hurts!!!  I mean what has the world come to when someone like me can provide an OVERWHELMING amount of evidence that I purchased the air conditioner and the date I purchased it yet everyone tells me “Too bad, so sad, suck it up and stop calling us, because WE DON’T CARE.”  Normally I would admit to being a Drama Queen, but everything that happened today was ridiculous, and I think I have the right to be disgusted, but if anyone out there thinks I am in the wrong or did something wrong (besides misplacing the receipt) please let me know….because I would really like to find a reason not to personally BOYCOTT Target.  (don’t worry I won’t make anyone sign a petition to boycott with me, because I am sure many of you love Target the way I did for so many years…..)

So on to the Project I promised, and you were so nice to read (or at least skim to get down to the picture).  At least this pretty card makes me smile, so hopefully you will too.  I used a technique called Black Magic….or in this case, brown magic.  This is so simple, but so dramatic at the same time.  Simply stamp a mostly solid stamp using white ink on dark colored paper (can use any paper, but the results are more dramatic when on dark paper.) Then color over the image with watercolor pencils or (like I did) use beautiful Prismacolor pencils, and if you want a little more POP, highlight your images with a white gel pen.

Project 10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio (I also submitted this as part of Splitcoast’s Technique Lover’s Challenge)

10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio

10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio

Click HERE to open my Stampin’ UP! store in a new window so you can purchase any of the Stampin’ UP items used in this project or any other project. Your purchases help support this crazy ride to complete 365 projects in 365 days.  You can also support this journey through donations made by clicking the DONATE button in the upper right column of the blog.  I accept donations of any amount….even $1.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×12 Ruby Red Texture Cardstock (108697)
  • 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 Cameo Coral (105566- multipack which includes the chocolate chip also used)
  • 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 Chocolate Chip

Ink:

  • Whisper White Craft (101731)

Stamp Set:

  • Watercolor Trio (wood mount-117050 or clear mount-120084)

Accessories:

  • 1″ Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired, but your could used the grossgrain ribbon)
  • White Gel Pen (105021)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)
  • Prismacolor Pencils (non-Stampin’ UP!)

Hope this inspires you to create.  Sorry again, for the rant…..but like they say, sometimes you just feel better if you have someone to tell about it….

I PROMISE to start my next post with a POSITIVE message 🙂

Be Back Soon!

Stampin Betty